Remember…it is about the patient!

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to a presentation on Minnesota Public Broadcasting (MPR) by Adam Darkins, MD, which again energized me about the work that we do supporting the growth and development of telehealth.

Dr. Darkins, VP for Medical Affairs and Enterprise Technology Develop at Medtronic, was presenting at a conference in Minneapolis focused on the use of technology in healthcare. Early on in his presentation he said something that made me sit up a bit straighter and listen just a bit more closely. It was something that I have heard many times from a former co-worker of mine (a registered nurse and telehealth champion): remember, it is about the patient.

Yes! That is who must stay at the absolute center of our focus as we discuss all things telehealth!

Telehealth, more simply healthcare, must focus on what is happening with the patient. When we consider the new opportunities in telehealth, we need to specifically identify what problem we are trying to solve, not just for the provider, the health system or the insurance company, but for the patient.

While convenience and access are both key components to the value of telehealth, it needs to be about more. It must also be about improvements – improvements in a patient’s overall health, improvement in the overall costs of providing that care, improvements in the health of the general public – in order for telehealth to truly make a difference.

Or maybe, as Dr. Darkins shared, it is about shifting the model of care to more fully benefit the patient. Maybe the patient’s primary care location really is considered their home, and they would “in-reach to the hospital” or clinic for supportive services and care when needed, rather than obtaining “outreach from the hospital” only after a major illness episode or the identification of a disease. His description of the current or traditional healthcare delivery model as being “very much from the industrial age”, where you brought people TO their care access point, is really not the way the rest of the world functions today. It is becoming more important to figure out ways to bring healthcare to the patient, in their everyday experiences. The right place for the provision of care could be almost anywhere, and the right time could be now.

Healthcare, supported by telehealth, needs to continue to focus on what is actually being done and why, remembering always…it is about the patient!

Listen to the entire presentation here:

www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/14/mpr_news_presents


gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Conference April 6-7, 2015

gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Conference April 6-7, 2015

Save the date! The 2015 Regional Telehealth Conference will be held April 6-7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

gpTRAC is excited to again offer an opportunity for the region’s healthcare community to come together to network and learn more about making a difference through telehealth services. This 1.5 day forum offers the opportunity to learn from both regional and national experts as they share their stories and experiences in developing and implementing telehealth to meet the needs of their area.  Click on the FORUM tab above to access additional event details.

We look forward to seeing you in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Please call us at 888-239-7092 if you have any questions.

REGISTER TODAY

2015 Regional Telehealth Conference

 

ND Scrubs Academy & gpTRAC

For the third year in a row, gpTRAC was invited to be a part of the North Dakota R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy.  The Academy took place June 9-12 on campus at the University of North Dakota.  Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, from all over the state of North Dakota, came together to learn about a wide variety of health-related career options.  For this year’s event, gpTRAC was able to present to the group of 46 students from the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing simulation lab, located at Weaver-Densford Hall (WDH) on the main campus in Minneapolis.  The lab is equipped with some of the latest technologies used in telehealth today.

During the four sessions, Zoi Hills (gpTRAC) provided an overview of what telehealth is, a bit of the history, a summary of the current status, and some future predictions.  She also shared the role gpTRAC plays, asked some trivia questions, and then demonstrated some of the telemedicine technology available in the lab.  The highlight of the event was when the students were asked to draw (in 3 minutes…using no computers!) their ideas or imaginations about a “futuristic” product that could used in telehealth.  The students were invited to share their drawings and explain what the new idea was and how it would be used.  Some of these ideas were truly amazing.  I think we have some future healthcare/telemedicine inventors in North Dakota!

Convergence of Telemedicine and mHealth — Benefits & Challenges

We are very excited to share that Ron Poropatich, MD will be delivering the Keynote Presentation on April 4th at the gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum.  He will continue to focus on one of our main topics for this year’s event —  the coming together of telemedicine and mHealth.  It will be interesting to hear his perspective!

Dr. Poropatich has extensive experience with the use of telemedicine in the military.  He has recently retired from the US Army after serving more than 30 years as a Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine physician.  His last assignment was at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD, serving as the Deputy Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).  He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal.

Start-up Seminar for UMN Researchers 12/3

From the University of Minnesota office of Technology Commercialization:
Start-up Seminar: Your role in the company

University of Minnesota researchers are invited to this free event that will feature a panel of researchers and entrepreneurs to discuss a faculty member’s role in a start-up company and answer questions about conflict of interest.  Enjoy complementary refreshments at this excellent networking opportunity.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CST)
McNamara Alumni Center – Maroon and Gold Room
200 Southeast Oak Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414

For more information on registration:  Register Here

Telehealth News Flash, Oct. 1

Telehealth news and events we have been talking about around our office this week

Functional Recovery in the Elderly After Major Surgery: Assessment of Mobility Recovery Using Wireless Technology

This recent study conducted by doctors at the Mayo clinic and published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery in early September is garnering attention in multiple fields including medicine, IT, and business.  The researchers used “off-the-shelf” fitness monitors (Fitbits) to measure mobility in elderly patients recovering from cardiac surgery.  Their findings show a significant relationship between steps taken and recovery time, and suggest information gathered from monitoring technologies may improve quality of care and post-discharge outcomes.

Additional commentary on the study:

Med City News:  Mayo Clinic Study:  Fitbit data can be an early warning sign of slow recovery from surgery

Forbes:  Fitbit Could Help Monitor Progress After Heart Surgery

Colorado-based hospital group to form digital health subsidiary
Neil Versal, MobiHealth News

Catholic Health Initiatives is a Colorado-based health system with a plan to expand virtual services by moving them to a magnet subsidiary which will include telehealth, telemedicine, mobile, media, and gamification.  The new subsidiary then plans to market its virtual services to employer groups and payers.  Many details are still to come, but we are keeping out eyes on this innovative strategy as CHI’s reach continues to expand nationally.

Telehealth News Flash, July 29

Telehealth news and events we have been talking about around our office this week:

Telehealth coverage broadens through state legislature
State legislatures are hearing a lot about telehealth these days.  Missouri became the 19th state to mandate reimbursement by private insurers to healthcare providers for telehealth services.  Kentucky has expanded telehealth reimbursement to Medicaid beneficiaries.  Mississippi passed a private insurer reimbursement mandate.  In the last 7 months, 12 states have introduced or enacted telehealth reimbursement legislation.  Around the gpTRAC office, we are discussing ways to get Minnesota involved in doing the same!

South Central Telehealth Resource Center Quarterly Thought Conference Webinar:  Telehealth Reimbursement in Mississippi
A great webinar presented last week by UMMC’s Dr. Kristi Henderson on the process of passing state-wide telehealth legislation.  Archived and available at learntelehealth.org

Nurses use Google Hangout to collaborate on technology
Google hangout isn’t just for teenagers and chatting with friends who are abroad anymore.  These providers discuss the usefulness of media for healthcare collaboration in a 25 minute youtube video between nurses in Toronto and Australia. 

June Telehealth Webinar: June 20, 2013

June 2013 Webinar

The National Network of Telehealth Resource Centers PRESENTS:

The Futures of Telehealth: What you should know now

Please join us on Thursday, June 20th, to hear from one of the pioneers in Telehealth, Dr. Stuart M. Speedie, PhD,  Professor, Fellow, Co-Director, Institute for Health Informatics, University of Minnesota and Executive Director of gpTRAC, as he discusses different paths, the possible futures, and what they mean for telehealth, for those who use smart phones, tablets, videoconferencing and new devices of all types to support the delivery of health care.

There is NO need to pre-register!
Click here to learn more and access the webinar.
– The gpTRAC team

Minnesota company Clear.md: Startup of the Year Finalist

Clear.md is a web and mobile application that connects patients to healthcare providers through short, one topic, tailored videos called “vidscriptions.”  Almost a year ago, gpTRAC was writing about clear.md in this blog as an example of how innovative technology healthcare companies could help alleviate future physician shortages.  Today, Clear.md is being recognized at the Doctors 2.0 conference in Paris as a finalist for “Startup of the Year.”

From clear.md’s press release:  “A global perspective has defined our strategy since day­one. We are honored to be recognized by Doctors 2.0 in Europe as a US ­company with an international identity, and we look forward to representing the Twin Cities digital health community at the conference in Paris this June,”said John Brownlee, CEO and co­founder of clear.md.”

Congratulations to John Brownlee and the clear.md team!  For more information on clear.md, visit the website at www.clear.md.